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Women in Construction Trades

Grants to New Jersey Trade Schools, Agencies, Nonprofits, and Individuals
to Train Women in the Building and Construction Fields

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New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD)

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11/13/18 12:00 PM (Noon)


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Grants to New Jersey local governments, trade and vocational schools, IHEs, labor and trade organizations, employers, and contractors to provide women with employment opportunities and training in the construction industry. Funding will support employability, workforce readiness, pre-apprenticeship training, and vocation-based training.

The Women in Construction Trades grant will assist in providing greater employment opportunities for females, residing in New Jersey, by providing pre-apprenticeship training, workforce readiness/employability, and a structured work experience which will emphasize vocational-based training for entry-level skills in the construction trades.

In order to meet the employment needs of existing trade unions and private contractors, this funding will only support partnerships with trade unions and private contractors in the development and provision of pre-apprenticeship training and the placement of individuals with labor unions to meet their workforce needs.

There are 15 affiliated construction trades occupations in the construction industry. The following 15 occupations have the greatest opportunity for employment based upon projected growth and replacement data. Proposals must focus on construction training for women and minorities which will lead to apprenticeship and/or employment in the following occupations:
- Boilermakers
- Bricklayers
- Carpenters
- Electricians
- Elevator Constructors
- Finishing Trades (Painters, Glaziers, and Drywall Finishers)
- Insulators
- Iron Workers
- Laborers
- Operating Engineers
- Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons
- Pipe Trades (Plumbers and Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning [HVAC] Service Technicians)
- Roofers
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Teamsters/Heavy Truck Drivers

This competitive Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) is being made available to achieve two primary goals:
1. Increase opportunities for women to acquire skills, increase employment opportunities and benefit economically from construction projects within New Jersey.
2. Assist contractors and trade unions in meeting their workforce needs through the recruiting and training of women.

LWD has established the following three objectives to achieve the goals:
- Engage trade unions and construction contractors in the development and provision of construction-related pre-apprenticeship training.
- Provide training in the following areas: Workforce readiness /employability skills instruction; and, Occupation-specific construction-related trades training.
- Assist participants with job placement services targeting employment in registered apprenticeship programs or quality construction jobs. These jobs are defined as construction jobs with a pay rate that is at least 51% above the state minimum wage. Participants are to earn a minimum of three industry-valued credentials.

Each applicant must include a plan on how they will meet each of the above objectives.

Outreach and recruitment efforts should focus on participants age 18 or older. Possible sources could include One-Stop Career Centers (OSCCs), those underemployed or unemployed, adult evening programs at vocational/technical institutions, community and faith-based organizations, successful graduates from the New Jersey Youth Corps and Youth Transitions to Work (YTTW) programs, community college graduates, college dropouts, etc.

In accordance with program requirements, applicants must meet the following program participant eligibility requirements:
- Be a female residing in New Jersey;
- Be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment;
- Possess a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma;
- Possess a valid driver’s license;
- Score a minimum 7th grade level on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE);
- Demonstrate a legitimate interest in pursuing a career in the building and construction trades; and,
- Be drug-free throughout the training and placement.

All participants of the training program MUST be registered with an OSCC, enrolled in the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) program and offered appropriate services such as interviewing skills, resume writing, career exploration, etc.

All programs are expected to attain the following outcomes during the funding period:
- All participants will engage in all components of the program.
- A minimum of three industry valued credentials must be earned.
- Graduate a minimum of 90% of the participants from the training program.
- A minimum of 90% of program graduates will be placed into, registered apprenticeship programs or quality construction jobs which are defined as construction jobs with a pay rate that is at least 51% above the state minimum wage.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184605

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Four grant awards are estimated to be given.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will be funded at approximately $250,000 each, contingent upon available funding.

Term of Contract:

The grant is expected to be for a 12 month period and is estimated to begin on January 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following organizations are eligible to apply as the lead agency:
- County or municipal governments;
- Public training providers or trade schools;
- Community-based organizations;
- Labor organizations;
- Employers and/or contractors;
- Public vocational schools;
- Institutions of higher education;
- Public or private, non-profit agencies; or
- Trade organizations which represent a particular trade, group of trades, contractors or employers.

Please note: If a labor organization or employer/contractor is not the lead agency, the applicant is required to partner with at least one of these entities to ensure a pathway for placement.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applicants must submit their proposal by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

All applications are subject to a department panel review and final approval by the Commissioner of LWD. The panel review date is expected to occur the week of November 26, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the decision by LWD within 30 days of the application due date.

Postmarks are not acceptable evidence of timely submission; receipt by the due date and time is required. Applicants are encouraged to hand-deliver the application to the address above, send the application by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested or arrange for delivery by an overnight delivery service to ensure timely delivery and receipt of the application.

All grant proposals must establish a lead agency. The lead agency serves as the applicant agency of record, the legally recognized fiscal agent for the grant project and the single point of contact for LWD.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit proposals to:
Deborah Darbee, Chief
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity
ATTN: Women in Construction Trades Program
1 John Fitch Plaza – 7th Floor
P.O. Box 055
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0055

Requests for technical assistance should be directed to Lauren Kremper-DiFilippo at:
Lauren Kremper-DiFilippo

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